Wetcats end season with hopes of nationals

Kaelia Neal, Staff Writer

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The Linfield men’s and women’s swimming teams had many high points throughout their season.

The last few years have been challenging for the ’Cats, but with a new coach and new swimmers the teams have become threats among other Northwest Conference teams.

Last weekend the Wildcats finished their season as a team at the conference championships. The men’s team finished fourth, and the women’s team finished fifth, which are both improvements from last year’s standings.

There were other individual high points in the meet as well.

Men’s team captain David Brody, ‘18, said, “I am super happy with how the team performed, everybody swam hard and had a lot of best times and records.”

“Four swimmers achieved B Cut times for entry to Nationals,” Coach Kyle Kimball said.

“Anyone in the country with a B cut must wait until next Wednesday to find out if they are invited. The NCAA will invite a certain number of athletes to the meet based on each swimmer’s National ranking in the event,” Coach Kimball said.

“The fact that we’ve set a plethora of records really says something, not only about the swimmers but also about Kyle and the program he is rebuilding,” Rita Cohen, ‘17, said.

Victor Brasil, ’18, Evette Dow, ’19, Kaedi Fry, ’19, and Alex La Rosa, ’19, all had top performances at the conference meet.

The men’s and women’s teams set a combined 19 school records at the meet.

Brasil finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes and 5.76 seconds. Whitworth’s Trevor Case captured the title in a time of 2:05.45.

“It is looking like Victor has an outside chance on being selected at this point. The other swimmers will be just a bit off I believe,” Coach Kimball said.

Brasil has a chance to earn a ticket to nationals in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke.